First Glance/Second Look: Quilts from the Denver Art Museum Collection

The Denver Art Museum has combined quilts from their archives with recent acquisitions and created a beautiful new collection, on exhibit now. We love anything having to do with fabric and thread, and this exhibit was no exception.

More than 20 quilts, ranging from the mid 1800s to modern works, are arranged in striking groupings. Even some garments were on display, such as this Native American shirt. Though not quilted, every color you see is a separate pieced fabric.

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The detail and symmetry is amazing

Some of these quilts were so intricate they honestly blew me away. I can’t imagine the patience and dedication it required to complete! Look at this quilt, which was hand pieced and hand quilted in 1895:

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Can you believe all those pieces!?

This one was hand quilted in the 1870s:

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gorgeous, subtle color palette

Below is one of my favorites from the collection. Based on a pastel drawing inspired by postcards from her daughter’s trip to Switzerland, the artist dyed many of her own fabrics to get the perfect colors. 9,135 (that’s right, nine thousand one hundred and thirty five) 3/4″ squares combined to make the mosaic image of a mountain, lodge, trees and stream. The quilting lines act like brushstrokes, creating a sense of movement.

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9,135 3/4″ squares

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detail of the mosaic squares

Truly works of art!

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hand pieced, appliqued and quilted

I love these intricate appliques, with the fabric motifs so perfectly placed!

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Made in England in the early 1800s

Check out this quilt. Pretty cool, right? Fun colors and an interesting gradient effect.DSC 0042 755x1024 First Glance/Second Look: Quilts from the Denver Art Museum CollectionWell guess what…it’s made entirely of yo-yos. Approximately 4,000 of them!

DSC 0044 First Glance/Second Look: Quilts from the Denver Art Museum CollectionThe exhibit will be open for about another year, so plan a day trip to the Denver Art Museum and check out all the other fun exhibits and events that are going on!

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2 Responses to First Glance/Second Look: Quilts from the Denver Art Museum Collection

  1. I am delighted that you enjoyed the exhibition! Thank you for your blog about First Glance/Second Look. Come again, bring other enthusiasts!
    Alice Zrebiec
    Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art
    Denver Art Museum

  2. Rhonda Buss says:

    Love it! I will be going on my next trip to Denver.

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